It’s the words every pitcher, team, and fan never wants to hear. Tommy John.
For San Francisco Giants fans, that day is here. Matt Cain will seek a second opinion on his “cranky” elbow from Dr. James Andrew, a.k.a. the Tommy John Surgeon, according to a report from 95.7 The Game and Shawn Estes.
#SFGiants analyst Shawn Estes told us that Matt Cain is getting a second opinion on his elbow from Dr. James Andrews
— 95.7 The GAME (@957thegame) July 29, 2014
Former Giants pitcher and current analyst, Estes dropped the bombshell this afternoon.
Now, seeking an opinion from Dr. Andrews does not mean he will actually need Tommy John surgery. In fact, the last we heard was that the MRI in his elbow was clear. However, if history is any indicator, it could mean exactly what everyone things it means: Matt Cain will undergo Tommy John surgery and have to forgo the entire 2015 season.
Literally, it was on Monday when ligament damage was ruled out. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think players go to see Dr. Andrews for “bone chips” alone.
I mean, the signs were there. Cain has spent 3 stints on the disabled list. He was demoted to the #5 starter after the All-Star Break. The Giants made starting pitching the top priority and went out and signed Jake Peavy. Cain is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. It’s been more than just lack of run support this season. Cain just hasn’t been the same, and it’s been there right in front of us.
Of course, the eternally hopeful, we didn’t want to see it. But it now begs the question of, if Cain has been “broke” all season, why not see a specialist from the get-go? If he will need Tommy John surgery, we’ve wasted pretty much an entire season being told his elbow is just “cranky.”
It wouldn’t be the first time just bone chips led to this, as Alex Pavlovic reminds us.
Giants fear with Cain's bone chips has been repeat of what happened to Joe Nathan. Bone chips removed Oct. 2009, Tommy John the next spring.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 29, 2014
I have lots of other thoughts on this, but for now, I thought I’d just share the good news. We’ll have more later.
Now I’m going to go get in a corner with some whiskey and rock myself for the rest of the season.